The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 1, Episode 1

Population: Zero (18 Jan. 1974)

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The entire population of the small town of Norris has been knocked out by an unknown sonic device. Against Oscar Goldman's orders, Steve Austin insists on investigating because he knew a ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Don Porter ...
Dr. Stanley Bacon
Penny Fuller ...
Dr. Chris Forbes
Police Officer Paul Cord
Joe Taylor
Walter Brooke ...
General Harland Tate
Morgan Jones ...
Major Phillips
Joe Hollister
John Elerick ...
Corporal Ed Presby
Mrs. Nelson
Harry Johnson
Bob Delegall ...
1st Technician
David Valentine ...
Teletype Operator
Michael Santiago ...


The entire population of the small town of Norris has been knocked out by an unknown sonic device. Against Oscar Goldman's orders, Steve Austin insists on investigating because he knew a lot of the town's 23 inhabitants during his high school years. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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First use of slow motion during bionic stunts. See more »


The teletype machine whirs for a good while and visibly prints at least three substantial lines, but when Steve tears off the message and shows it, there is just a single short line of text and the sender's name under it. See more »


Col. Steve Austin: Say, what ever happened to Peanuts Donnely, that kid I used to play football with?
Joe Taylor: Oh, oh, Peanuts. Well, he was killed in Vietnam. One of the first ones.
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Edited into The Six Million Dollar Man: Run, Steve, Run (1974) See more »

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still no bionic score or slo-mo but it works even without
25 April 2012 | by (Midian) – See all my reviews

After seen the first 3 flicks about the SMDM this was the first entry into the series which ran for 5 years. And it still fits perfectly after seen the flicks.

Steve Austin (Lee Majors) is still some kind of macho who picks up easily girls in a way James Bond did and uses funny one-liners. His bionic powers are used throughout this episode but still no use of the slow motion when he's using his powers or even the use of his bionic eye. There's one helicopter scene were they want to know the number of the heli but Steve didn't use his powers. Still, it's worth watching and it moves slowly but without boring parts. Maybe sometimes it is a bit cheesy but overall it still works. i was surprised by the fact that the bionic score wasn't used and one scene could have used that when Steve is throwing some kind of stake towards shuttles.

SMDM survived the time, it's out there and easy to find which I recommend.

Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 2/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 1/5

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